Have you ever seen the commercial about the guy that goes out to buy a new car and drives his new, red, 2-door, sports car into the driveway where his wife and three young children are waiting? That’s what I mean…need versus want. It’s the same with houses. You have to find a good balance and a good Realtor will help you find that. You LOVE the two story home with the huge backyard, but you are over retirement age. Stop and think. Are those stairs going to be a problem or a big headache for you in a few years? Is the large backyard a lot of work? Maybe your needs are more in line with a smaller home with no stairs and a yard that is maintained by someone else. But maybe you just don’t like that. Well, it’s time to find a balance or sacrifice one for the other. Maybe that doesn’t make me the best “salesperson” who would push you into the largest, most expensive home of your dreams, but it’s what makes me a good Realtor. A good realtor understands both your wants and your needs and can help you find that perfect match. And if you are lucky enough, you might just find exactly what you need AND exactly what you want in the same property.
How can you help your Realtor help you? Determine these things first and let your Realtor know.
What are your needs?
What are your wants?
How can you compromise the two or make a tradeoff?
The more inline that your wants and needs are, the easier it will be, but sometimes compromises or tradeoffs can be made between the two. It can make it even more complicated when two people have very different ideas of what they need and want. For example, a wife who likes to be close to town in a home with very little maintenance and a husband who likes to be out in the country with no neighbors in shouting distance. So, then you have to try to line up two sets of needs vs. wants. The more you can know this about yourself before you start and let your agent know, the quicker you will find the perfect home.
Tina Newton who is part-owner of Tristan & Newton real estate is always glad to help you in the search for a home, to sell a home, or even to just answer any questions you have about living in Costa Rica. Check out the website, facebook page, or send a direct email to find the home of your dreams.